England “A great shame” – Gareth Southgate slams Arsenal star ho rejected England call

Gareth Southgate shame

Three Lions head coach Gareth Southagte did not hold back while talking about an Arsenal star who refused to play for England in this international break.

The 53-year old named his squad earlier on Thursday for the upcoming FIFA break later this month.

England will take on Brazil and Belgium, two prestigious friendly games but not as much to change Ben White’s decision not to make himself available for this month.

“We had a call from Edu last week to say that Ben didn’t want to be considered for England squads at this time. It’s a great shame”, he said during his press conference.

White extended his contract with Arsenal today committing on a long-term now but his decision to be focused on his club could prevent him from playing the European Championship next summer.

England squad against Brazil and Belgium

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Ajax), James Maddison (Tottenham), Declan Rice (Arsenal)

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).


Aimé ATTI is a bilingual journalist who breathes football and shares his passion on Africa Top Sports

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